Fiona was recommended to me from a family class I was attending at the time, due to the fact I was experiencing back pain during and post pregnancy, and also thought I had diastastis recti.
What I visioned and what I actually got were two entirely different things. I expected some exercises and some manipulation to ease my back. Yet, I received holistic support way beyond expectation.
Fiona looked at my diet and lifestyle, where I carry tension, (which also encouraged me to look at WHY I carry so much tension). I had no idea that my diet was contributing so much to my lack of repair. I thought I was eating relatively well, but actually what I was lacking was way more important.
Fiona addressed my hydration, my connective tissue repair, my overall diet, my back in a physical sense and also managed to address my anxiety and the effect this had on my body head on all within an hour. She recommended a mindfulness class nearby to where I live, in order to release tension mentally, and therefore benefit physically.
Before seeing Fiona, I didn't think very highly of myself at all. In fact, I disliked so much of how I looked and how I felt. I was governed by my back pain and riddled with tension and anxiety.
Now, I have made many permanent changes, thanks to Fiona's support. I am kinder to my body and have a more relaxed mind, which in turn has given me more self worth. I very rarely go at break-neck speed which was a normal pace for me before, due to Fiona's encouragement to stop, breathe, and let go of tension through my core. I have now learnt how to 'let go' and, this combined with the massage, manipulation, stretching, pelvic floor assessment and supplements has actually helped me more than I could have imagined.
I feel I've been pulled out of a literal hole.
Thankyou Fiona, for not only being a fantastic physiotherapist, but also for being an amazing holistic one. SJ
Many many thanks to Gerard for sorting out my running leg(s)! I had a post-tib injury on and off for the best part of three years and he completely sorted me out. Gerard is very personable and really listened to my injury woes - when I first visited I was feeling very low about my situation, but Gerard very quickly allowed me to see the injury as manageable. He gave me, for example, a few exercises to work on each week and this made it straightforward and achievable to work on at home and within a fortnight I was seeing progress. Gerard was also great at giving advice as to how to get slowly back into running, as too many times I had tried too much, too soon. Also had some fantastic sports massages which helped my recovery along. Can't recommend the practice enough. JC
Gerard, Fiona and colleagues have helped many of our clients to overcome the physical challenges that often accompany pregnancy, birth and the post natal period. Whilst many of their issues with pelvic pain, back pain, continence, etc. are common, they're not "normal" and no women in the local area need suffer in silence, nor accept these things as something to tolerate with the Harborne Physio nearby.
And from a personal perspective, Fiona is very much living up to her reputation as a first class women's health physiotherapist. K C
Lovely, welcoming environment at Barefoot Studio. Always welcomed and seen almost immediately. I have suffered with re-occurring back pain over many years due to an injury. Gerard manipulates my back to loosed stiffened muscles and gives advice on treatment, stretches and offers great encouragement. I have resumed swimming and stationary cycling due to the improvement in my back and once more enjoy physical activity - before I was in too much pain and too stiffened too enjoy!
Gerard is polite, professional but adds his own touch of personality to the visits, he's very approachable and always very supportive! AJ
Gerard has been absolutely amazing, his treatments are absolutely fantastic his understanding of rare conditions and treatment are absolutely amazing, I can't thank Gerard enough ALREADY FEELING BETTER AFTER ONLY 10 DAYS!!! CC
Amazing service from Gerard Greene and the other physios. I was treated for neck and shoulder pain which, as a musician, prevented me from performing and put me out of work for a short while. After only a couple of sessions it was more or less gone. Can't rate them highly enough! GC
My postnatal physio with Sundeep was absolutely brilliant. I had a full holistic assessment and then treatment which fully resolved some post natal issues that had been going on for 18 months. Thank you Sundeep! SP
Having only spent 2 sessions with Gerard, I'm already completely confident that by working with him, I'll be able to reduce and manage my pelvic pain symptoms. He approaches treatment from a whole body perspective, considering emotional and stress-related factors as well as musculoskeletal issues. The real emphasis of the sessions has been implementing a treatment plan that I can follow from home, this is empowering as it means that I'm not reliant on seeing him to improve my situation, but can instead make progress at home and know that the plan will be developed during our next session.
DA, Young Male Pelvic Pain Patient
Fiona is just a wonderful practitioner with a deep and wide knowledge of the real issues that concern women. Her rare mix of clinical and fitness/wellness expertise means that she has the ability to help women not only when situations are acute but then guide you back to great health and function in the real world. I couldn't recommend her services highly enough, you'll be in great hands!
Jenny Burrell, Leading UK Pregnancy Fitness Professional
Fiona has excellent subject knowledge & a sensitive way of delivering that knowledge. I now feel really well informed about how to return to exercise, improve my diet & care for myself postnatally. I'd definitely recommend a visit to Fiona as a way of preventing problems from arising once you've had your baby.
Fiona is the third physiotherapist I've seen and definitely the most helpful one. She made me feel comfortable straight away when discussing sensitive issues and has given me some great diet and exercise advise. She has a great knowledge in her field and goes out of her way to help with problems. I will definitely be recommending her to all my friends!
Fiona is absolutely wonderful. She knows how to deal with sensitive and awkward issues with great kindness and humour. She has a fantastic whole body approach to women's health issues with a deep understanding of the emotional issues that tend to go hand in hand with the physical. If you work with Fiona, you could not be in better hands. This woman is wonderful xxx
I've been to Fiona's classes and she's treated me as a physio and I couldn't recommend her more highly. She made me feel very comfortable and confident in her abilities and got to the bottom of all my niggles very quickly. I'm now back to fighting fit for the first time since having children! SB
Like magic! Gerard has already made a huge difference in a short time. His professional, friendly manner and high level of experience & knowledge means that each session is a really positive and beneficial experience. Highly recommended!
I have every confidence in Gerard - He has a wealth of knowledge and experience. He diagnosed and successfully treated my ankle injury, and clearly understood how important it was for me to get back to marathon training as soon as possible (most important!) I have no hesitation in recommending him wholeheartedly.
After a long arduous week following the Birmingham half marathon I couldn't wait to get myself down to the Harborne Physio clinic at Barefoot Yoga where I was treated by Gerard (whom I have met many a time in the Physio world but never as a patient).
He ran me through a comprehensive yet quick assessment to get to the root of those 'problem areas'. He provided a thorough but comfortable treatment of sports massage; he should be commended on his distraction techniques whilst he was working on those 'tender spots'.
I definitely did float out of the clinic
It's a fab clinic in a great location - can't wait to try out some of the Yoga classes. Thanks for your help Gerard, I look forward to working with you again in the future.
Excellent. Not just in treating the condition - relatively minor in my case - but in understanding and treating the whole person. Very good at managing expectations, setting realistic goals, and helping you to achieve them. The team exudes competence of a very high order
Gerard has brought together a fantastic and incredibly talented group of physio's and therapists. Great idea to link his team with Faye and her fabulous teachers at Barefoot. An innovative approach to treating patients and getting great outcomes.